Call for Scores

Our Call for Scores Fall 2018 Campaign To Be Announced Shortly.

Please check back soon and view last year's requirements below for reference.


Deadline: October 22, 2017

The Astoria Choir invites submissions for its fourth annual call for works to be programmed on its Readings & Carols concert on December 9. The concert pairs holiday and seasonal inspired works and readings, both sacred and secular. This year’s central work will be Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata.


    • Composers must live or be matriculated at a college in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut
    • The work should be for mixed choir and can be a cappella or use any combination of the following instruments: 2 trumpets, 1 horn, 1 trombone, 1 tuba, piano, organ, and 1 percussionist (auxiliary percussion and timpani)
    • Electro-acoustic works will not be considered
    • Previously selected works are ineligible; however, those composers may submit different works
    • Works should not exceed eight (8) minutes
    • Single movements from larger works, not to exceed eight (8) minutes, are acceptable
    • Up to three works may be chosen for the performance
    • Each selected composer will be invited to attend a rehearsal and meet with the choir
    • A choral score and any instrumental parts are due by November 8, 2017
    • Composer(s) are required to attend the concert. No additional funding is available for travel costs

Submission Process:

    • Please submit using our website:
    • An anonymous copy of the full score as a PDF, free from any identifying markings including name, commissioning party, or dedication
    • Information Sheet with the following details, as a separate PDF:
          • Composer’s name, phone number, mailing address, and email address
          • Title and duration of work
          • Statement that the text is in public domain or written permission for use of text
          • Order number from PayPal submission fee processing
    • An anonymous recording of the work as an .mp3 file or link to streaming audio in Google Drive.
    • MIDI realizations are acceptable
    • Submission Fee: $10, payable through PayPal
          • You may follow the links below to pay the fee and submit your score.
          • You needn't set up a PayPal account if you don't have one. Simply click on the "Pay with Debit or Credit Card" button instead of sighing in.


    • $250 for each selected composer and a performance of the work
    • Digital recording of the performance
    • Selected composer(s) will be notified via e-mail by October 31, 2017 and announced on our social media platforms and website

Deadline: October 22, 2017